Coral reef ecology & Sea Turtle Conservation program
This expedition is located in the beautiful relaxing coast of Mexico. I'm sure it will provide you a very unique and memorable experience.
This twelve-day program is located in Akumal, a small town bordered by the Mesoamerican Reef on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest coral reef system in the world.
NOA collaborates with Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), a non profit organization that produces and promotes strategies for ecosystem management in Akumal, through research, education and policy, for sustainability in the Mexican Caribbean.
The first week of this course consists of lectures such as an introduction to coral reef systems (characteristics of coral reefs, reef formation, reef distribution), coral identification, reef fish identification (main fish species used in the AGGRA methodology), marine survey methods (AGGRA reef fish monitoring methodology), global threats to reefs (fisheries, anthropogenic impact, global warming) and marine conservation.
You will have also the opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise and warm waters to study the rich biodiversity of the coral reefs and practice the scientific method. During the second week, you will participate in the CEA's Sea Turtle Conservation Program, being part of a research team studying the nesting sea turtles of the bay during night patrols. This week will also include an environmental education day and an adventure to the Mayan ruins
DATES: All the year round
DURATION: 12 days
What is included:
All the transport around the sites from the start and finish points of the expedition (airport pick up included).
safe/ rustic accommodation
Training courses, snorkelling, participation in the various science projects
24 hour emergency phone
Trained and scientific staff supervision and coordination
All necessary project equipment and materials
What is NOT included:
Travel costs to and from the start and finish point of the expedition
Local taxes/ entry fees
Insurance with travel, evacuation and medical coverage.